Dr. Nelsen has a Doctorate and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on attachment and relationship dynamics. She also has a Bachelors degree in Human Sexuality & Psychology and a BFA in Studio Arts. She wrote her dissertation on attachment bonding in intimate relationships and trauma.
She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDP), Sex Therapy, Somatics Experiencing (SE), Child Therapy, Art Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), EMDR, is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and is working towards her certification in sex therapy through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and California Institute of Integral Studies.
Areas of particular passion to Dr. Nelsen are all things related to healthy attachment, relationships, parenting and pregnancy issues, intimacy & sex, nonviolent communication, art therapy and helping survivors in healing sexual trauma.
Dr. Nelsen (# PSB37421) is a Registered Psychological Assistant to Dr. Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes, PsyD.
Amy Jo Goddard, MA
As a Sexual Empowerment expert and thought leader, Amy Jo Goddard has guided thousands of people towards the wholeness and fulfillment they want, sexually and in other aspects of their lives. She earned her Master’s degree in Human Sexuality Education from New York University and has over 20 years of experience in the sexuality field. As a renowned speaker and teacher, Amy Jo travels to colleges, communities, and conferences teaching classes and offering keynotes that help people to connect the dots around sexuality and money, expand their creativity, grow their confidence and learn to be bigger in their relationships, in business, and in the world. She delivered her TEDx talk “Owning Your Sexual Power” in March, 2014 in Napa Valley, was named one of GO! Magazine’s “100 Women We Love” in 2010 and one of Kinkly’s ”100 Sex Blogging Superheroes” in 2013.
Kristel Allen, MFT
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Kristel's orientation is primarily Somatic, however your work together will keep in mind your unique goals and set of life circumstances that brings you to seek therapy at this time. She hold a Bachelors of Science from the University of California Berkeley in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, and received her Masters at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Somatic Psychotherapy.
Kristel's therapeutic work is engaging and relational at its heart, and aims to help people body themselves with a sense of security and vitality so to enhance the connections they generate within their relationship(s).
Lisa Petras, MFT
For close to a decade, Lisa Petras has worked with hundreds of clients ranging from individuals, couples, families, groups, and as a clinical supervisor to other therapists. Her clients describe her style as warm and authentic while at the same time "no-nonsense". While some therapy is past-focused, the emphasis of the work together will be "experientially-focused". She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
Beth Nelsen, MA
Beth Nelsen, MA is a life coach, activist, world traveler, lecturer and an internationally acclaimed award winning documentary filmmaker. Her work juxtaposes her personal passions and experiences pertaining to social impact, Native American and Latinx cultural identity, LGBTQ rights, adoption issues and authentic storytelling.
In her coaching, Beth helps individuals and families get in touch with their personal narratives, develop and meet personal or creative goals, and explore their personal power as people of color, adoptees and/or LGBTQIA+ identified folks. She assists parents in understanding the perspective of their queer or adopted children. Beth also helps people with artistic blocks, personal identity issues and other matters of the heart.
Annice Ormiston, PsyD
Dr. Ormiston has been working in the field of psychology since 2003. She received her doctorate and master’s in psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA and her undergraduate degree in psychology from Barnard College in New York City. She has worked in outpatient, intensive outpatient, residential, community mental health, and university counseling settings over the last ten years. In addition to working with couples, she also enjoys working with individuals and has additional interests in the areas of identity, the body, gender, disordered eating, and trauma.
Lindsay Ferlin, MFT
Lindsay is a licensed psychotherapist. She has been practicing psychotherapy for 9 years in both community mental health settings as well as private practice settings. She hold a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. All of her major coursework in both academic settings was framed by a socio-cultural curiosity and included feminist and social justice perspectives. She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT) and help couples to deepen their attachment bond and have healthier relationships.
Dr. Emily Garner
Dr. Garner treats adults and youth for individual, couple and family therapy at our integrative health clinic. She has over 5 years of experience serving a wide range of clients with particular exposure to multicultural youth and families, and adults in group therapy. She has a keen interest in hypnotherapy after an 80-hour certification in this modality, and uses related tools to help clients work toward managing and reducing anxiety, among other treatment goals.
Dr. Miguel Hidalgo-Barnes, PsyD
Dr. Hidalgo-Barnes is a licensed clinical psychologist, practicing in North Berkeley, Napa and Oakland. He specializes in men's issues and helps men to have better relationships. He also works with couples and individuals. .
Dr. Hidalgo-Barnes has worked extensively with both mild and severe mental illness and believes all people are treatable and all people are capable of change.
Ava Pommerenk, MA
Ava received training in individual, couple, and group therapy, and participates in on-going consultation in these three disciplines. She has clinical training in AEDP for Couples Therapy. She holds a masters degree in clinical psychology and is a PhD candidate in Clinical Psychology.
She is a registered psychological assistant (PSB: 37799), supervised by clinical psychologist, Miguel Hidalgo- Barnes, Psy.D (PSY: 24974)
Jason Brand, LCSW
Jason helps couples in a collaborative process to identify and apply strengths in difficult times. His work is informed by models of human development and takes into account milestones that individuals, couples and families reach at different points in their lives. He stays active in the field and works closely with other professionals to ensure that he is bringing an up to date, focused and informed approach to my work. Jason is a P.A.C.T. trained marriage counselor at Napa Valley Couples Therapy Center and North Berkeley Couples Therapy Center.
Sari Meline, Life Coach
Coaching with me happens primarily by telephone. I prefer this to in-person or video chat because when we are in front of someone, we carry a facade - no matter how small. On the phone, it’s just your voice and my voice, and in my experience, that works best for our authenticity together.
In between our phone calls is when all the really productive, juicy work happens. This is when you put rubber to road, and carry out the homework and inquiry assignments that you’ll discover on each call. During the time that I’m your coach, you'll have unlimited access to me by email. I welcome check-ins, questions, challenges, feedback, and updates as often as you’d like.
AJ Zamora, CPT
After more than twenty years in this field, I advise professional athletes, public education, and support both naturopathic and medical doctors as a nutritional supplement consultant.
I’ve always loved being active. At any given time I was out climbing rocks or trees, surfing, rafting, hiking, snowboarding, or rollerblading. Throughout my life several of my loved ones have been unwell or clinically obese. My goal was to inspire them and help them learn how to take care of themselves. While gathering as much knowledge as I could to help them, my passion eventually turned into a lifestyle, and then eventually into my profession as a personal trainer and wellness coach. I was certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Kinesiology with a focus on exercise science, wellness, & nutrition.
China Rose Zamora, NTP, CCH
In 2009 I was certified as a nutritional therapist. I had learned a lot about holistic nutrition over the years, but I was looking to gain the deepest understanding possible. I found the program I was seeking with the Nutritional Therapy Association. They taught me how to discover each client’s individual health needs through both in depth consultation and physical assessment.
My most recent training has been in holistic approaches to hormonal imbalance. When I began to learn about the intricacies of male and female hormones a light went on! I was immediately intrigued because I had found a way that I could support my clients on a deeper level.
Alex Hoeplinger, MFT
Alex is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and practices holistic, relational, and in-depth psychotherapy to provide you lasting mental health. He works with teens, adults, couples, and siblings through difficult life transitions by helping them explore the meaning behind their patterns, thoughts, feelings, and means of relating to create the space for healing and change within.
His training was grounded in an existential-humanistic approach inspired by relational, psychodynamic, and experiential therapeutic philosophies.
Heather Hilton-Melancon -LM, CPM, Doula
In 2009 I enrolled in the Midwifery College of Utah and started my formal Midwifery apprenticeship. I have been attending and assisting births ever since. My training has allowed me to work with many different midwives, in many different settings. In the spring of 2012 I had the honor of traveling to Haiti to volunteer at a high volume Birth Center. In 2013 I became a NARM certified Midwife and California Licensed Midwife. I have been working at PachaMama Midwifery serving the HomeBirth community of Napa and surrounding areas since 2011.
In addition to being a Licensed Home Birth Midwife, Birth Doula, and Childbirth Educator, I also offer breastfeeding assistance and placenta encapsulation services.
Tom Kessler, MFT
As a therapist, I bring my education, life experience and clinical training to help guide our work. I combine these powerful tools with a willingness to suspend judgment, think creatively, and remain truly engaged as we work toward helping you to develop new perspectives and skills that move you toward creating the life you want.
My work with couples draws upon my experience utilizing evidence- based practices developed by John Gottman, Gary Chapman, Dan Wiles And Sue Johnson.
If you're ready to schedule an appointment with one of our highly specialized San Francisco Bay Area Couples & Sex Therapists at California Relationship Centers, LLC, we can get you started right now. Click here to book your initial free phone consultation session and then we'll get you matched up with the best therapist or coach for your needs. Your first session can be booked at the time of your consultation. We try to get back to you within 4 hours but sometimes it may take up to 24 hours.
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Napa Valley Couples Therapy Center provides modern integrated approaches to couples counseling, partner therapy, relationship & sexual empowerment coaching, sex therapy and individual psychotherapy.
PLEASE NOTE: SEX THERAPY AND COACHING DOES NOT INCLUDE TOUCH BETWEEN CLIENT AND THERAPIST. SEX THERAPY IS A FORM OF TALK PSYCHOTHERAPY PROVIDED BY LICENSED PSYCHOLOGISTS, SEXOLOGISTS, AND OTHER CLINICIANS.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is intended to be educational but is not a substitute for a relationship with a licensed mental health professional.
Legal Notice: With reference to California Penal Code section 647(b) and CALCRIM Nos. 1153 to 1155, the services discussed herein do not in any way include or relate to either (1) engagement in any lewd act for money or other consideration, or (2) solicitation, offer, or agreement to engage in any lewd act for money or other consideration.